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Date of Incident: April 27, 2023

Attack Types: Other

Institution(s):Universidad Industrial de Santander

Region & Country:Americas | Colombia

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On April 27, 2023, a group of hooded individuals entered the campus of the Industrial University of Santander as part of a wider demonstration. They proceeded to vandalize campus infrastructure, loot computer equipment and other items, and ultimately caused about $1.2 Billion pesos (about $28,000 USD) in damage.

The individuals were engaged in a demonstration commemorating two years since the start of a national strike to protest the government’s economic policies. A nationwide student strike was scheduled for the following day. The individuals who caused the damage do not appear to have been affiliated with the university, and the incident triggered a strong outcry from the university community.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about the destruction of campus property and infrastructure in the course of a protest. Such acts erode the right to education, and diminish everyone’s access to a safe, free and open university space. State and campus authorities should take all reasonable measures to prevent and respond to such incidents, including ensuring campus security and conducting prompt and thorough investigations, as appropriate.

Sources

https://caracol.com.co/2023/04/28/danos-de-encapuchados-en-la-uis-ascienden-a-los-1200-millones/

https://www.bluradio.com/blu360/santanderes/encapuchados-que-se-tomaron-la-uis-destruyeron-salones-y-cogieron-a-martillo-los-lectores-de-ingreso-rg10

https://www.radionacional.co/noticias-colombia/danos-en-la-universidad-industrial-de-santander-por-vandalismo

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El 27 de abril de 2023, un grupo de individuos encapuchados entró en el campus de la Universidad Industrial de Santander como parte de una manifestación. Procedieron a cometer actos vandálicos contra la infraestructura del campus, saquearon equipos informáticos y otros artículos, y finalmente causaron daños por valor de 1.200 millones de pesos (unos 28.000 dólares estadounidenses).

Los individuos participaban en una manifestación para conmemorar los dos años del inicio de una huelga nacional para protestar contra las políticas económicas del gobierno. Al día siguiente estaba prevista una huelga nacional de estudiantes. Al parecer, los autores de los daños no estaban afiliados a la universidad, y el incidente provocó una fuerte protesta de la comunidad universitaria.

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Scholars at Risk (SAR) is a member of the Coalition for Academic Freedom in the Americas (CAFA), and partners with CAFA on Americas-focused monitoring activities. Relevant incidents, with factual details translated into Spanish, appear on both SAR and CAFA websites.

Scholars at Risk (SAR) es una institución que integra la Coalición por la Libertad Académica en las Américas (CLAA). SAR trabaja junto con la CLAA en el monitoreo de situaciones en las Américas. Los incidentes relevantes que reportamos, con descripción de hechos detallados en español, aparecen tanto en los portales de SAR como de la CLAA.